Oz immigration lists over 100 new NSW skilled occupations

Published:  1 Nov at 6 PM
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One of the most popular expat destinations in Australia, New South Wales, has listed more than 100 new skilled occupations, increasing the opportunities for skilled migrants to live in the state.

The ever-popular expat destination of New South Wales has traditionally attracted more migrants than it needs, leaving many to settle for their second-choice destinations. However, a recent announcement has stated that over 100 additional skilled worker categories have been added to its previously restricted list, giving migrants a better chance of gaining a visa to live and work in the state and in Sydney.

Categories added include 50 in the medical care and health sector, 24 in the building, trade and metal sectors and 16 specific engineering disciplines. Casework manager for the Australian Visa Bureau, Leonie Cotton, said the state had previously only prioritised highly-skilled specialist workers, explaining that the selectivity was due to its location and its place as the economic hub of Australia.

She added that, with the economy now adjusting to the mining industry slowdown, it’s understood by both the national and state governments that a more diverse workforce is the key to a healthy economic outlook. The vastly extended skills list, she noted, will enable many more migrants to settle in NSW, especially as the stringent English language requirements have also been eased.

The pass mark for the IELTS English language test has been lowered in many occupation categories to six from eight to ten, according to Cotton. She suggested that immigration to OZ would now be far easier for those with their hearts set on residence in NSW.
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